Suttree (4733) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 1, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark brown, thin beige head. Smells like breakfast, if your breakfast consists of coffee and bacon or sausage or some other sort of smoked meat. Almost perfect palate - rich, but no too rich, very smooth, but assertive enough to make its presence known. Flavor is a nice mix of coffee and smoke. I like my smoked beers to be , you know, smokey, and this certainly fits the bill. In fact, if someone out there wants to send me an Alaskan Smoked Porter (what I consider the benchmark for this style) I would be happy to sample them back to back. Thanks to NachlamSie for the trade!
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 31, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Updated Rating based on first bottled version I guess Linus has changed the recipe since the inaugural batch. Now this beer has more body and more intensity. The body is just right, not too thin or too thick. I really like smoked cherry malt, as itís very complex by adding smoke AND wood notes (cedar) to the dark roasted malts. I think itís save to say that this is in the same league with some of my favorite smoked beers. I think Yazoo has nailed this, and can now focus on making me a West Coast style Double IPA (or a barleywine). I have the perfect name for it- "Smitty". They can take the same label, make it blue, and change the font. Linus- that is your assignment because I know you are reading this.
First Ratingdraft at MCBF. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Nice aroma of dark hardwood mulch, cherry, and ale esters. Lighter side of medium bodied with average carbonation. Flavor of black patent malts, peat, liquid smoke, and dark berries. Slight acidity on the finish, with notes of green apple and ash. Alcohol well hidden. Overall, not too shabby. Not too heavy on the smoke traits and the cherry wood has some interesting complexities. However, I personally thought it could use more body, as it had a perceived thinness in the middle. I compare all smoked porters to Stone or Alaskan Brewing, and this is not quite as good or well-rounded as those. 8-4-7-3-14
MmmcKay (1037) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - DEC 28, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2010 Sue is an exceptionally balanced smoked porter that any beer lover should experience. It pours a deep, dark brown with a lacing tan foam. Aromas are of smoke, roasted grains, malts, barley, and chocolate with just enough hops for balance. The rich flavors burst of cherry, cedar, roasted malt, and more smoke. Yazoo has been tinkering with this recipe for some time now. With their first bottling, they seem to have really hit the nail on the head.
2nd bottle. OK I just rated this and had another bottle. Sad to say that there seems to be a lot of bottle variation with this beer. 2nd bottle from another case was not nearly the stand out that the first was. Oops. Thought Yazoo had figured things out. May be not....
3rd bottle and beyond....While the 2nd bottle I tasted was not up to the first. Every tasting past the 2nd has easily been exceptional. Bumping my score back up again after bringing it down. Permanently as well.
knights97 (98) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 24, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2013 The sue is pitch black in body, small head with a good, smoked aroma to it while the beer give a nice smoke, caramel mixed in with chocolate malts, itís well balanced but the smoke flavor is a bit overpowering. good beer and taste better when it warms up a bit
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 22, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2010 Pours a lacing tan head with a dark brown body. Aromas of smoke and roast. Flavors of roasted grain, b/c description says cherry, I want to say cherry flavor, but truth is it makes me think of cedar. Bacon leading into dark chocolate. Smoky. Finish is silky, bitter, leading to sticky lips.
DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - DEC 19, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice Rauchbier style ale - takes some getting used to. Acquired taste. But I like it. Thanks for the Christmas gift.
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Draught) Pours a dark brown body with a thin beige head. Aroma of roasted grain, smoke, chocolate, caramel, and some dark fruits. Flavor of smoke, roasted malt, subtle chocolate, and earthiness.
jcwattsrugger (10724) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
@Knoxville Brewers Jam-on tap-pours a rich brown head and dark brown color with red tint. Aroma is ashy/peat-dark malt, northwest hops. Taste is ashy/peat-sweet dark malt, northwest hops. A bit big for me, but good.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - OCT 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at 2009 Knoxville Brewers Jam. Pours black-brown with beige head. Aroma is strong roasted barley, some chocolate, some light smoke and caramel. The flavor is a nice beef jerky type smokiness, robust and tasty. A chocolate sweetness lies beneath it. Iím very happy with this.
curly (2397) - Redmond, Washington, USA - OCT 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2011 Pours dark brown with a thick creamy light tan head. Aroma of peaches, wood, roast malt, honey and toffee. Taste is smoke, chocolate and toffee. Medium thin body with a lingering roast finish. Re-rate on the bottle. Has a thicker body, much creamier, lots of hops to go with it. A little too hoppy maybe for a smoked Porter, almost reminds me of Stone or Sierra products. Definitely better and probably even better with a few months of age on it. .... Another bottle, much less texture than what I am used to, kind of a murky watery flavor and texture.